University Chapel Schedule

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A community gathering place for worship and forum, chapel reflects an Anabaptist/Mennonite perspective alongside the gifts, traditions and cultures of the broader Christian faith. Faith, hope and love are nurtured in the way of Jesus.

Friday, October 17

Chapel Forum: Swept Away: An Adventure Tale for Millennials – Mary Helen Washington

Come hear Mary Helen Washington reflect on her personal life story.

Mary Helen Washington was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. From 1975, when she was appointed Director of Black Studies at the University of Detroit, she has studied, taught, and written about African American literature. In addition to the University of Detroit, she has taught at St. John College of Cleveland, Harvard Divinity School, Wellesley College, Mills College, the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and is currently Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Ph.D. from University of Detroit, 1976.

Her recent publications include The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s (Columbia University Press, 2014). With this book, Washington explores the impact of the Left, the Communist Party, and the U.S. government spying operations on African American literature and culture during the Cold War. Focused on six major African American writers and artists of the 1950s, this study shows how their Left affiliations enabled them to shape an aesthetic that maintained traditions of race radicalism and literary experimentation.

A Chapel Talk-Back will take place in Common Grounds Coffeehouse from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, October 22

Chapel Worship: Jessa Anderson, singer/songwriter

Come reflect on life through original music from a Christian and human perspective with Jessa Anderson, singer/songwriter from Nashville, TN.

Jessa will give a full concert this evening at 8 p.m. in the Northlawn Great Lounge. FREE refreshments catered by Common Grounds Coffeehouse.

Friday, October 24

Chapel Forum: Parable of the Unmerciful Servant – Judy Mullet

Parables – everyday stories that invite us to confront our worldview, sense of self and God, without providing easy answers. Join Judy Mullet, Professor of Psychology, MA in Education and MA in Biomedicine, in diving into the Parable of the unmerciful servant (Matt. 18: 23-34) in search of meaning for us and our context. Parables is the campus ministry theme for the year.

Wednesday, October 29

SLW Chapel: Wondering and Wandering… Questions, Doubts, Fears, Living in Unsettledness

Come hear Ron Shultz (professor in Education Department), Kristina Showalter (Custodian with physical plant and student), Maddie List (sophomore), and Vanessa Sandoval (senior) as they share about times they experienced questions, doubt, transitions, fears and unsettledness in life.

Friday, October 31

SLW Chapel: Wondering and Wandering… How the Times of Unsettledness Impact and Shape us

Ron Shultz (professor in Education Department), Kristina Showalter (Custodian with physical plant and student), Maddie List (sophomore), and Vanessa Sandoval (senior) will share how questions, doubts, transitions, fears, and unsettledness shaped them and caused them to grow. They will share how these experiences changed how they think about God and what they learned.


University chapel is held Wednesday (worship) and Fridays (forum) at 10 a.m. in Lehman Auditorium. All offices and departments, other than essential services, are to close in order to allow the community to attend and support chapel.

All undergraduate students, faculty and staff of the university are expected to attend at least one chapel each week. (Chapel Attendance Policy, p. 48/49 of the Student Handbook and Faculty/Staff handbook section 7.1, p. 166)

In addition to university chapel, Chapel Gatherings (seminary chapel) are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m., and Celebration: Praise Worship is held weekly at 9 p.m. on Sunday nights both in Martin Chapel.

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